Technical Reports

Status of the Transportation Technology Center – 2015

  • 21
  • Mar
  • 2016
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
KEYWORDS: test track, laboratory
ABSTRACT: The Transportation Technology Center (TTC) is a Federally owned, privately operated test facility in Colorado. It has over 50 miles of test track arranged in different configurations for testing all aspects of vehicle-track interaction. Maximum test speed is 165 mph (265 km/h). Overhead and 3rd rail electrification is available. Eighteen large buildings house offices, test fixtures, workshops and maintenance facilities. Outside facilities include the Security and Emergency Response Training Center, a crash wall, a rail vehicle squeeze test frame, and a fully functioning Positive Train Control test bed. Investment in TTC since its construction in the 1970s has ensured most of the assets are in good working order. Some long-life assets are at the end of their useful lives and are due to be replaced.